McDonald's employees locked in freezer during robbery

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Police are investigating an early morning robbery at a Shelby Township McDonald's.     

Officers got the call ten minutes before 6:00 a.m. Wednesday from the manager of the Shelby Township location.

"The manager of the McDonald's arrived for work and couldn't find the employees," said Lt.  Stan Muszynski.  "She checked the bathrooms. She heard some pounding on the wall and she found the night shift employees locked in the freezer."

The robbery happened around 3:00 a.m. and the employees had been locked in the freezer for 3 hours. Shivering and cold, all of the employees walked out safely.

It was a frightening ordeal for those stuck inside. 

"They were very shaken up. It was pretty scary for them," said Muszynski.

Several customers stopped at the restaurant for breakfast only to find the entrance blocked off.  They were stunned to see so many police cruisers at the scene.  

"It's a little scary.  Not your common occurrence around here," said customer David Felts.

Shelby Township officers arrested the man they think is responsible.  Police say he is in his twenties but will not release his identity.

7 Action News has learned the suspect used to work at the McDonald's.

Detectives are still investigating the case.  If you have any information on the robbery you are asked to call Shelby Township Police.

Representatives for the McDonald's had no comment.

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